and -- but he'll be treated fairly. >> reporter: and it wasn't exactly a warm welcome among democrats either, brian. senator chuck schumer, the number two most powerful democrat in the senate has said he's undecided in this nomination and has a lot of questions. bottom line, this could be a long january confirmation battle for chuck hagel. >> chuck todd, just another day at the white house these days. thanks. and across town from the white house at the state department today, as we said, we got our first official look at the secretary of state, hillary clinton, since she emerged from the hospital. it came in the form of some still photos of her first day back at work, a view of her carefully managed by her team after a tough couple weeks. our chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell has it all from our d.c. newsroom tonight. andrea, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. after a month out of office recovering from a stomach virus, a fall, a concussion and a treatment for a blood clot in the head, hillary clinton returned to the state department today but still has not been seen in public.